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Sales training film for duPont Film Division (cellophane), featuring an angel and devil monitoring the activities of bakery salesmen on earth, and explaining how packaging helps to sell food. In Kodachrome.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor: duPont (E.I.) de Nemours & Company, Cellophane Division
Audio/Visual: Sd, C
Keywords: Sales: Training; Heaven and hell; Food industry
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Well scripted and has professional actors so it makes a dull topic interesting. Honestly, a film of this length just about schlepping bread all over town. Leave it to Jam Handy.
A few brief shots of Detroits west side in 1954.
Subject: Confused viewer
Excellent tips if you sell bread for a living!!!
But I am confused and I have a few questions.
How exactly is selling less bread and being a jerk while doing it evil? And am I to assume that there is a devil/angel team for everything and if so what side do they take for telemarketers? Does the devil want them to still sell less? So many questions are raised by this film, great for all ages.
Subject: How Do I receive the Legal Rights to this?
I want to use this in a documentary how do I get the rights?
Subject: ....Those Were The Days...
Hey Kiddies..Remember Bond Bread With The Hoppy Stickers On The End..Oh Boy..!..And Wonder Bread With All The Pretty Colors..Well Peanut Gallery..The Bread Wrappers Were An Oil Based Product With Formaldehyde, And All The Pretty Colors Were Lead Paint..!..What An Addition To Your Skippy & Welch Or Fluffernutter Sandwiches That Added..Yum..!..Well Some Of Us Over 50 Years Later Are Still Here..Some Of Us Not..Thanks To The 50s Boy & Girl Graduates Of Ding Dong School We Can All Spell Cancer..!..P/S..Girls Who Whoulda Guessed The Dong In Ding Dong Whould Take On A Whole New Meaning At The Drive-In..! Whadda Life..Huh..?..Best Part Of Clip Is When Our Driver Stops The Girl Under The Neon Sausage Sign At A Supermarket, Then We Really Know Whats Goin' On In The Back Of The Bread Truck..!..Staff Indeed..!
Subject: Be a shame if this ran over your kid
This fun little film was made even better by the MST allusions to "organized wholesale bread crime"...."You want my coffee roll today? Be a shame if somethin' happened to your store"...getting the grocer to agree to more selling displays "Maybe I rough him up, maybe I bust his chops"...and my personal favorite: new shopping carts: "Be a shame if this ran over your kid". Watch out, it's the breadman!
Jah Gussi -
Subject: Eat at The Devil's Inn
Terrifying classic 50's sci-fi flick about a conspiracy of evil bread corporations to infest the general population with carbohydrates, through subliminal messages. Starring Ava Gardner,
Vincent Price and Marlon Brando (as the sausage shop owner). It is reported that Marlon Brando was so difficult on the set that the film ran over $5.3m to produce and was nearly cancelled. He demanded 450Lbs of fresh sausage
to be flown in from Italy daily. He consumed so much of the sausage that nine months into the filming, when they were finally ready to shoot the sausage shop scene, there were no sausages left for the display. Watch for the chilling "walnuts" scene, and the "revolving display" fixture will have you on the edge of your seat!
LESSONS: Never squash the bread, and always
place the white bread next to the Skippy
peanut butter; Cheese ads "ZIP" to
Subject: MST3K did this one well
Episode #618, High School Bigshot has this sent up royally in front of it - sadly, that movie's yet to be released on DVD. Worth finding, if you're a fan of MST3K and this short.
Bill T. -
Subject: Heavy rising.
While this is very pretty to look at, I found myself uninterested in this tale of, of all things, bread merchandising. An angel and a devil duke it out about why the the baker is getting more sales. Again, nice color, but the story didn't really involve me for some odd reason.
Subject: The Odd Logic of Otherworldy Wagers
The devil bets an angel that she can go down to earth to seduce a bread delivery guy into being a slacker. And she fails, so she wins the bet. I thought the devil made smarter bets than that! D'OH!
There's a revolving carousel bakery display in one scene that is pretty nutty and jaw-dropping.
Christine Hennig -
Subject: Out of This World
This film would have us believe that both heaven and hell are extremely interested in the fortunes of bread truck drivers. A driver with a poor sales record recently repented and changed his evil ways, so the Devil of Bread Sales makes a bet with the Angel of Bread Sales that he will go back to his old habits if a pretty woman makes fun of him. So the angel poses as a magazine writer and goes with the bread man on his route, where she is taunted by the devil in various guises (cab driver, cop, etc.). She makes a token effort to make light of the bread man's sales efforts, only to have him come back with the full-blown Gospel of Bread, to her delight and to the devil's chagrin. The whole concept of this film is really weird, and thus it is really fun to watch.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *****. Weirdness: *****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: *****. Also available on Mystery Science Theater 3000, Episode #618: High School Big Shot.